Published: July 2, 2002
NEW ORLEANS, LA. -A strong market for European paintings helped to anchor Neal Auction Company’s Summer Estates Auction.
Johan Weissenbruch’s canvas “Beach at Scheveningen” more than doubled its low estimate, selling for $39,100. Eugenio Zampighi’s charming “Breakfast Time” brought $20,700. “Double Entendre,” a canvas by Antonio Casanova y Estorach, sold for $12,650. Gustave Jacquet’s sensitively rendered portrait titled “Maud” brought $9,200. A pastel titled “Spinning” by Leon Augustin L’Hermitte sold for $9,200. A Leon Emile Caille oil titled “Mother’s Pride” sold for $7,205. Wouterus Vershuur’s “Stable Interior” brought $6,325.
Highlights in American art included a carved pine folk art portrait bust “The Hero Andrew Jackson” that surpassed estimate to sell at $7,475. Gilbert Gaul’s canvas “A Hunter’s Toast” sold for $15,525. A Havell edition engraving “American Coot” after John James Audubon sold for $3,450. William Aiken Walker’s portrait of a female cotton picker brought $10,925 and Walker’s oil “Nature Morte: Quails” sold for $9,775. Sales of American paintings were crowned by Clarence Millet’s New Orleans scene “Old Rampart Street” that brought $16,675.
American furniture sales included an impressive carved oak dining room suite attributed to R.J. Horner Co., New York, that sold for $44,850. A New York faux bamboo bedroom suite totaled $17,538. An Anthony Querville mahogany center table exceeded estimate to sell for $5,750. A late classical secretary of Kentucky origins brought $5,750. A Nineteenth Century Louisiana buffet bas sold for $8,775. A late classical center table exceeded estimate to sell for $4,600.
Sales in decorative arts were dominated by interest in silver. A monumental pair of Christofle candelabra sold for $14,950. A creamer and sugar by silversmith Chrisoph Kuchler for New Orleans retailer Hyde and Goodrich brought $4,600. A pair of Sheffield candelabra by Mathew Boulton, $6,900. A Tiffany & Co. sterling humidor from the World War II era sold for $1,505.
All prices cited include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.
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